Diabetes Initiative for Action
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CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) has an 8-by-10-foot exhibit
in Spanish reminding audiences that "Mas Vale Prevenir que Lamentar!"
In English, this means, "It is Better to Prevent Than to Lament." Part
of CDC-DDT's National Hispanic/Latino Diabetes Initiative for Action,
the exhibit is available for health and cultural events around the country.
If interested, please let us know as soon as possible when your event
will take place because our travel schedules are developed a year in advance
following the federal fiscal year cycle that begins October 1.
For more information, call 1-800-CDC-INFO
1-888-232-6348 TTY or
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
National Hispanic/Latino Diabetes Initiative for Action
The National Hispanic/Latino Diabetes Initiative for Action (NH/LDIA)
was created in 1995 by CDC to do the following:
Serve as a blueprint for CDC to frame interdisciplinary, culturally
relevant approaches to control diabetes and its complications in the
U.S. Hispanic/Latino community; because it is also a long-range "road
map," the initiative is comprehensive in scope.
The NH/LDIA is guided by the following principles:
- A dual community focus is needed that involves both the affected community
and the helping community. The affected community is the population
of Hispanic/Latino people who have diabetes, who personally know someone
who has diabetes, or who are at risk for diabetes. The helping community
includes those health and social service professionals and providers,
whether governmental or nongovernmental, that are striving to serve
the affected community.
- Diabetes is a complex problem; its prevention and treatment require
social action and support that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.
No single type of service provider (public or private) or individual
at the national, regional, or local level can effectively tackle the
burden of diabetes mellitus in Hispanic/Latino communities. Interdisciplinary
professional links are needed, in partnership with affected communities.
- To ensure cultural appropriateness, any intervention conducted to
address the problem of diabetes among Hispanic/Latinos must be planned,
prioritized, promoted, and evaluated with the participation of the affected
Achievements of the NH/LDIA include the following:
- Convened the first National Hispanic/Latino Expert Consultant Group
(NH/LECG). The interest of the NH/LDIA in involving the Hispanic/Latino
customer in planning for the initiative was shown by the support and
makeup of the NH/LECG. Members of the consultant group represented all
the Hispanic/Latino subgroups in the United States, including Mexican
Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Central and South Americans; they are
experts in diabetes and represent several health and human services
agencies. They are professionals and leaders within the Hispanic/Latino
community. For more information, visit CDC
Response: National Hispanic/Latino Expert Consultant Group Recommendations.
- Revised and published Controle
Su Diabetes: Guía Para el Cuidado de su Salud, which is the
Spanish version of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions
popular patient guide, Take Charge
of Your Diabetes: A Guide for Care. This document was extensively
tested among Hispanic/Latino customers to insure that it was linguistically
and culturally appropriate.
- Conducted an in-depth literature review in both English and Spanish
of articles describing epidemiologic studies, community intervention
programs, barriers to care, patient education, and other social and
demographic variables related to diabetes in the U.S. Hispanic/Latino
population. The NH/LDIA reviewed more than 500 articles and wrote about
200 abstracts that were published in Building Understanding to Prevent
and Control Diabetes Among Hispanics/Latinos: Selected Annotations.
This document was also reviewed by a panel of Hispanic/Latino diabetes
experts and is currently available for distribution.
- Established a memorandum of understanding with the Public Health Service
Office of Minority Health to provide funding and technical assistance
to the National Council of LaRaza (NCLR), a national Hispanic/Latino
organization. This organization assisted DDT in raising awareness and
preparing the Hispanic/Latino community to participate in the National
Diabetes Education Program. The council conducted "town hall meetings"
around the country with members of the Hispanic/Latino community, whose
input is being used to develop culturally appropriate diabetes education
- Facilitated the marketing and distribution of focus-group tested educational
materials targeting Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans living with
diabetes, developed by the Health Promotion Council of Southwestern
- Published "The U.S. Response to Diabetes in Hispanic-Americans"
in the International Diabetes Federation special issue of the Declaration
of the Americas on Diabetes, sponsored by the PanAmerican Health Organization.
Page last reviewed: September 30, 2008
Page last modified: December 20, 2005
Content Source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Division of Diabetes Translation